Guatemala - Marlin Mine

Guatemala - "No a la mineria" - Marlin Mine protest © Tom Henning Bratlie

18 Maya-Mam communities reported that the Montana Exploradora mining company, subsidiary of the Canadian Goldcorp Inc., that operates the local Marlin Mine, was committing human rights violations in the municipalities of San Miguel Ixtahuacán and Sipakapa in the San Marcos department.

The indigenous community has been affected greatly by the Marlin project through violence, attacks and intimidations against persons who have spoken out against the project.  The negative effects on the surrounding communities' rights to water, food and health are produced primarily by the contamination of the communities´ local water supply, and the mine´s excessive water use, which create a water shortage for the communities. The violation of the rights of indigenous peoples is based on the lack of respect for the indigenous population´s objections to the mine and the total disregard of the affected population´s right to free and informed consent in relation to the project.

The implementation of the Marlin project has been accompanied by increasing social conflict and violence. Multiple attacks as well as intimidation of  human rights defenders, community representatives, researchers and people connected to the church, who have spoken out against the Marlin project have been documented.

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